Weekend Guide Saturday 9th And Sunday 10th September

Have a lovely weekend. Lots going on across the Borough this weekend, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days is taking place this weekend so we’ve started off the guide with the listings of all that is happening for this event. Other events can be found further down the page.

The World of Glass Arts and Heritage Centre

Once again for the 17th year they will be opening the doors of The World of Glass FREE of charge from 10 am to 4pm on Saturday 9th September. There will be hourly glass blowing demonstrations and film shows from 12 noon.

Chris Coffey

Chris Coffey (St Helens Star’s CoffeyTime) will be at the Citadel from 11am to 1pm. giving a talk on the history of Music Halls. The Citadel is recognised as being one of the earliest surviving examples, although it has changed over the years.

St Helens Town Centre Heritage Trail

A walking Tour led by Chris Coffey. Friends Garden, Shaw Street. Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September. 2pm. The route takes in Church Street, George Street, Hall Street, Corporation Street, Cotham Street, Westfield Street, Water Street, Chalon Way West, Church Square, Chalon Way East, Salisbury Street, over the Steve Prescott Bridge and to Cannington Shaw. He will repeat the tour at the same time on the Sunday. If the heavens open at the start, we head for the coffee area in St Mary’s Market. Everyone attending will be given a free 22 A4 page guide detailing the history and heritage of the sites we pass. A photoguide photobook of the bygone town centre will be available for purchase.

Classic Car Show

Motoring fans are in for a real treat when the Classic Car Show returns to Church Square on Saturday 9th September as part of the Heritage Open Days Weekend. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the annual show organised by St Helens Council and the Phoenix Clock Face Car Club. The event will see more than 60 memorable motors from years gone by line up in Church Square and Victoria Square from 10am to 4pm. Must see attractions at this year’s event include vehicles from the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s, as well as a range of classic American cars, bikes and scooters.

North West Museum Of Road Transport

Free admission to the museum as part of the National Heritage Weekend Open Days events. Take a ride back in time with a trip on one of our heritage buses. Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September. 11Am to 4pm. The Old Bus Depot,Hall Street,St.HelensWA10 1DU

Rainford Heritage Society

Open Heritage Day. Sunday 10th September. 10.30am — 4pm. Rainford Village Hall

Newton le Willows Library

Crow Lane East, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, WA12 9TU
Join us from 10.00am for the fascinating Newton Heritage Trail walk (refreshments served in the Library afterwards) The Library will exhibit Newton related archives not normally on display, join local historian Geoff Simms for talks about historic Newton and St Helens. Crafts and games will be available for young people and families

Opening Times

Thursday 7 September: 1300-1900
Friday 8 September: 1000-1700
Saturday 9 September: 1000-1300

Booking Details
No booking required

Smithy Heritage Centre

Come and explore the past at the Smithy – we’ve got brilliant displays of weird and wonderful things from all over the world, some thousands, even millions of years old, and lots of ancient artefacts that you can touch! We’ll also be looking at objects that have been excavated, including our wonderful rocking horse toy that has been chosen to help tell “A History of Lancashire in 70 Objects”, and you can make your own replica to play with. On Saturday 9th we’ll be looking at how books and documents were made in the past, with some extra family fun craft activities – print your own artwork to take home! Get your oven gloves on and join in with the 5th Annual Great Eccleston Bake-off on Sunday 10th! Entries will once again be judged by the lovely ladies of St Helens W.I. For details of how to enter, visit www.smithyheritagecentre.org.uk/whats-on

Opening Times
Saturday 9 September: 1200-1700
Sunday 10 September: 1200-1700

Booking Details
No booking required


The Smithy Heritage Centre is all on one level. The garden can be viewed from the path but is not directly accessible to wheelchair users. Please note, parking on-site is limited but priority is given to disabled visitors.

Smithy Heritage Centre, Kiln Lane, Eccleston, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 4RA

Holy Cross & St Helen RC Church

Grade II listed building, opened 1862. Guided tours available explaining the history of the church, the statues, the stained glass windows and other features. The Church was designated as one of the Jubilee Shrine of Mercy with its own Holy Door in the 2016 extraordinary year of Mercy.

Opening Times
Saturday 9 September: 1100-1600; Tours 1230 & 1430
Sunday 10 September: 1300-1530; Tour 1415

Booking Details
No booking required

Corporation Street, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1EF

St Helen’s Parish Church

St Helen’s Parish Church is located in the centre of St Helens, with the town deriving its name from the church. There has been a church building on this site for hundreds of years. One of the earliest references to “St Elyn’s Chapel” dates from 1552. The current building is listed Grade II and was designed by W.D.Caroe. Completed in 1926, it is a fine example of arts and crafts architecture. During Heritage Open Days, the church will be displaying a number of items of interest, including historic bibles, furniture and memorabilia, some dating back to 1670. There will also be a selection of historical photographs on display.

Opening Times
Saturday 9 September: 1000-1500

Booking Details
No booking required

Church Square, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1AF

St Helens Masonic Hall

A chance to find out what happens behind the normally closed doors of a Masonic Hall. Our tours will give a brief history of our historic Victorian building and the conversions it has undertaken to make it one of the best examples of a Masonic Hall and Temple in the North West of England. We will show you our practice rooms, function areas and temples and will answer any question you have! We believe you will be surprised about the size of the building, as it is a true tardis, and also with the magnificence hidden within. While wheelchair users cannot access every part of the building, the main features are accessible and we will be at hand to help make your visit as easy and pleasant as possible. Refreshments (hot and cold drinks and biscuits) will be available for a very modest donation.

Opening Times
Saturday 9 September: 1000-1700

Booking Details
No booking required

We will have volunteers to facilitate wheelchair users into the building, however, the practice room is behind a small staircase and would be considered impractical to access. However, the main function rooms, presentations and temple are all easily accessible via a small lift. Our toilets are not modified for wheelchair access at this time.
6-8 Hall Street, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1DL

St Thomas’ Eccleston

This distinctive red brick church built by Peter Greenall the brewer is one of the oldest in the town. Started before there was any real population, Greenall recognised the potential for growth in the new industrial area. The church grew and flourished with the town, and Greenall with it – becoming MP for Wigan. By the turn of the century the building was experiencing major changes for a new era. This continued after the First World War and again following a fire in 1960. Follow the changes, and how the church community responded to new needs and circumstances into the next century, through pictures, aspects of the building and furnishings. Track down the Thompson mice and – weather permitting and stamina – see the town and its surroundings from the tower. (Children need to be accompanied with an adult.)

Opening Times
Friday 8 September: 1300-1700
Saturday 9 September: 1100-1600
Sunday 10 September: 1200-1600

Booking Details
No booking required


Wheelchair access at far end of the back of the building.
St Helens. 1 Peter Street, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 2EB

The Mansion House

Visitors will have an opportunity to go on a guided tour of the Grade II listed Mansion House including the main period rooms within the house (although not all rooms are open to the public particularly during the working week due to the building being commercial premises). At the start of the tour there will be a short presentation explaining the history of the house. In order to fully appreciate the presentation and tour, and for safety reasons, spaces on these tours are very limited, so early booking is strongly advised. Visitors will also have an opportunity to see inside the new state-of-the-art orangery where there will be photographs of the house including the restorations that took place when the charity took it over and brought it to its current state. Visitors will be given a free A5 leaflet which explains the history of the house as described in the presentation.

Opening Times
Thursday 7 September: 1300-1500, Tour 1330
Friday 8 September: 1300-1600, Tour 1500
Saturday 9 September: 1100-1700 for Food, Drink & Craft Festival, Tours 1330 & 1430

Booking Details
Pre-booking: Required
Spaces limited on tours – please pre-book
Call: 01744 752644
Email: enquiries@aukmm.org.uk
Booking opens: 14 August 2017 09:00
Booking closes: 1 September 2017 14:00

The site is fully accessible to all visitors and there are a couple of disabled parking spaces on-site. Other on-site parking is available; however, visitors do have to walk across a courtyard to reach the reception area.
Victoria Park, City Road, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 2UE

Chantry Visitors Day

Come along and meet the volunteers and have a chat see how things are going on, also on display will be some of the old documents and photos. Find out about lives of some of the people that are buried here going back 360 years plus lots lots more. Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September. 10am to 4pm, both days. The Chantry, Denton’s Green, Saint Helens WA10 6JG


Powerboat Racing at Carr Mill Dam. Daily Mirror Trophy 9am to 6pm.

Newton-le-Willows Flower and Vegetable Show
There will be competitive classes for: flowers, pot plants, vegetables, fruit, art, photography, baking, jam/jellies, chutney and also classes for children to enter. (For those exhibiting, it is 20p per exhibit and staging is open 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. on the Friday night and 8.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. on the Saturday). Admission Free for the public. Free parking on site.
More info https://www.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2017/08/27/newton-le-willows-flower-and-vegetable-show/

Haydock Park. 32Red Sprint Cup Day
One of Haydock’s most prestigious meetings, The 32Red Sprint Cup, with Joel Ross live after racing. Arguably one of the most exhilarating Flat racing fixtures in the sporting calendar, see the sprinting superstars compete side-by-side for the coveted Sprint Cup crown. Party in the Paddock continues as HEART FM DJ, Joel Ross returns to perform a 90 minute set playing some of his favourite tunes. Remember, there’s no extra cost and all customers, regardless of ticket type, can access the after-racing party. http://haydock.thejockeyclub.co.uk

St Helens Park Run. Meet at 9am, Bandstand, Victoria Park.

Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour. Theatre Royal. 7pm.All Seats: £27.50
Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment. Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. In that time he’s performed 9 sell-out tours, playing nearly 2,000 shows to over 2 million people across 4 continents. He’s won the British Comedy Award for ‘Best Live Stand-Up Tour’ and been nominated for the Perrier Award. Now all that experience is being put to good use – you can see all the greatest material from his extraordinary career in one show – this is the very best of Jimmy Carr. http://www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com/

Exhibition – Drawing The Collection
To coincide with the national event of The big Draw this exhibition takes museum collections from
around the North West for inspiration. Artists have come together to produce work which are
significant to each individual because of their association with an item, building, piece of artwork or the emotion it provokes. Taking drawing in its broadest meaning we have challenged artists to be‘creative’ with the mediums they use – expect the unexpected and maybe find a new way of drawing. Saturday 9th September to Friday 3rd November, The World of Glass Arts and Heritage Centre.

Exhibition – An abstract retrospective by Phil Wilkinson
Phil has brought together an eclectic collection of his abstract work which Phil himself has said Maysurprise people. Expect both bright and bold juxtaposed with sombre and dark images to create a very personal exhibition. Saturday 9th September to Friday 3rd November, The World of Glass Arts and Heritage Centre. Meet the artist event, Saturday 9th September 1pm to 4pm.

Exhibition – The Glass Wardrobe
A look back at Women’s fashion from the late 1890’s to the end of the 20th Century. The rise and fall of the hemline And the cinched in waist of the corset to the unrestricted dropped waist from the 1920’s, we’ve even got a bit of Lurex form the 1970’s. This is really a true reflection of how women have battled with the social aspect of body image And how we wrap our bodies to please society. Saturday 9th September to Friday 3rd November, The World of Glass Arts and Heritage Centre.

Cabinets Of Curiosity
This fascinating exhibition explores the origin of museums through Cabinets of Curiosity. Wealthy collectors would amass a selection of objects and curios that reflected their own particular interests and passions but also showed their love of the marvellous. Often after the owner’s death, these items would be passed on to local museums and galleries, and are the core of many of today’s collections.
The Smithy Heritage Centre, weekends 1-4pm, 15th april to 10th september

Victoria Park Food, Drink & Craft Festival 11am to 5pm

Reminisce Dance Festival. Sherdley Park.

Breeze Bar – Freeway

Junction, Rainford – 909



Artisan market at Inglenook Farm. 10:00am. Browse over 55 stalls full of stunning, handmade one of a kind crafts and find stunning art, award winning local produce and amazing regional producers.
From handmade skin care to stunning jewellery and handmade childrens wear, there is so much to find. You will also find our courtyard full of stunning, award winning local produce to be sampled.
There will be music and dancing with the Cotton Town Hot Club and fresh food and coffee in our cafe. Car parking and entrance is free

Sunday Market At Haydock Park. 9Am to 4pm.

2k Junior parkrun for 4-14yr olds at Colliers Moss. 9am.
More info https://www.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2017/08/17/junior-park-run/

Run Rainhill
The first ever Run Rainhill 10k. Whether you are a runner, walker, plodder, everyone is welcome to join in with the first Rainhill Run 10k. there is only 400 places available, so get those entries in as soon as possible. https://www.facebook.com/rainhillgala/

Ralph’s Indie Music Radio Show. 25 tracks of the best unsigned UK indie music plus Ralph’s Top 10. Radio KC 5-7pm. http://rkc.noip.me/

The Junction, Rainford – Acoustic jam night. Acoustic Jam Session Late afternoon/Early evening drift in from 6.00 onwards for a gathering of assorted artists for practice and bonding – in the best musical sense of the word.

The Junction, Rainford – Wooden Horse Folk Club, 8.30pm Every Sunday Excl. Bank. Hols. Upstairs -small charge.



All creatures, mainly small
The Wildlife Trust has an excellent searchable database of outdoor events around the country throughout 2016. It is passionate about involving children with the outdoors, and offers family-friendly walks, pre-school wildlife clubs and special family events.

Treasure hunts with GPS
There’s a lot of fun to be had on modern-day treasure hunts using GPS. Beginners’ guides to geocaching are available online with GPS unit recommendations. A simple web search will reveal caches in your area, and it’s a brilliant way of getting even the most reluctant tweenies out of the house.

Sights for dinosaur eyes
The Ordnance Survey website has a great beginners’ guide to fossil hunting, which includes suggestions for where and when to go and what to take with you, such as books of tide times and old newspapers for wrapping any delicate finds in. Go find yourself a dinosaur!

Walking and Cycling
The National Trust has a number of cycle routes for families too as well as some great walks including walks for little legs so that the young’uns don’t get too tired.

Visit a FREE National Trust event
Explore Britain’s great outdoors as a family and enjoy one of the many free trails, storytelling or bulb planting activities organised across the country.

Become a nature detective
Free Woodland Trust activities from a choice of about 100 from its website for outdoor and indoor fun with nature. Activities include downloadable guides for outdoor fun making squirrel-proof bird feeders and more and for bad weather there are craft activities such as colouring sheets. See Woodland Trust for the full info.

Visit the park
Here’s a handy page where you can search for award-winning parks near you – and they are free! http://www.greenflagaward.org.uk/

English Heritage kids go free
If you’re already an English Heritage member, you can get free entry for up to six children (up to 18 years and within the family group) accompanied by an adult. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/join/

Over 500 ideas for free activities

Activities for a rainy day (Because we live in England and you just never know….)


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